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Business Transfer Track pays dividends

By Neil Slough, Times Contributor
On April 3, 2012

Alma Lomeli a December 2011 graduate of the Business Management Program is not the first student from MATC) to pursue a bachelor's degree at UW-Parkside.

But this spring she becomes the first student to take advantage of the new 2+2 UW-Parkside/MATC Business Management Degree completion program.

Alma is one of the first graduates of the Transfer Track option offered by MATC's Business Management Department.

The 2+2 Business Management Articulation agreement was signed in the Fall of 2010 and allows MATC Business Management students to follow a specific sequence of classes that seamlessly transfers to Parkside's School of Business allowing a student to complete their Bachelor's Degree in two additional years.. In Alma's case she was able to transfer in over half of Parkside's B.S. requirements and will be able to complete her degree with 54 additional credits

Once at Parkside, students can chose to major in General Business, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management, or Management Information Systems.

UW-Parkside School of Business and Technology Academic Advisor Trudy Biehn describes the agreement as "unprecedented in University of Wisconsin System and the first of its kind".

MATC faculty member Neil Slough, who serves as Lomeli's advisor, suggested she look at UW-Parkside as a place to continue her education. "I've had many students that have gone to MATC, come to Parkside, and done well here, they liked coming to Parkside," Parkside is an AACSB accredited Business Program." Slough added, "the AACSB accreditation is the ultimate indication of a Baccalaureate Business Program's quality". Alma is my advisee...and I told her about this opportunity."

Lomeli also consulted with a neighbor who attends UW-Parkside and felt comfortable with the university's smaller classes and spacious campus.

Parkside hosted a luncheon to welcome Alma to their campus and program and it was clear she can't wait to get started. "I'm really excited. I really like the school. This is my first time here on the campus. I thought this day would never come and it's actually here. So, I'm excited and looking forward to getting a degree from Parkside," Lomeli said.

"We are happy to welcome you, Alma, to our campus and we know you're going to successful here," School of Business and Technology Dean Fred Ebeid told Lomeli during the luncheon. "We've had many MATC students come to our campus and find success here. We're looking forward to helping you succeed, as well."

Lomeli plans to study business management or computer science, and, in her words, "finish what I started" by earning a baccalaureate degree.

MATC students interested in the Transfer Track Option should contact Neil Slough (sloughn@matc.edu) at (414) 704 2598.


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